Truly Compelling Combinations – Creating Sizzle and Subtlety

October 19, 2017

Brenda C. Adams, Gardens By Design

Have you ever wondered what makes some gardens absolutely outstanding? Would you like yours to be one of those too? “Truly Compelling Combinations – Creating Sizzle and Subtlety” will guide you in the use of foliage, color, texture, form, and other plant attributes to create combinations that far exceed the beauty of each individual plant. Taking the notion of combination planting to a refreshing new level, Brenda uses examples of gardens with different styles to offer a unique perspective on how to achieve results that set an exceptional mood and ambience. You’ll hear about techniques to design upbeat, dazzling, and exciting combinations as well as those with a calm, subtle, but still memorable presence.



Brenda Adams’ presentations are inspiring, interactive, and packed with innovative ideas. She is the author of There’s a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North (University of Alaska Press, 2013) and Cool Plants for Cold Climates: A Garden Designer’s Perspective (University of Alaska Press, 2017). In the first book, Brenda shares insights as she guides her readers through the entire process of designing and creating a northern garden.  Her latest book, Cool Plants for Cold Climates, is a treasure trove of extraordinary plants. She highlights solidly hardy selections that offer overall beauty and are especially easy to care for, illustrated with more than three hundred photos. She teaches “Northern Garden Design and Creation” at the University of Alaska as well as landscape design for the Alaska Master Gardeners’ course.

Brenda is the award-winning designer for Gardens By Design, Alaska’s premier design firm. She has designed over 200 unique and personalized gardens for both residential and commercial clients in Alaska. She’s a long-time master gardener and member of Alaska’s Rock Garden Society, the Perennial Plant Association, Garden Writers’ Association and many others. Brenda’s designs have received three prestigious awards in the Perennial Plant Association’s annual international competition. The awards recognize projects that are exemplary in use of herbaceous perennials to create balance in landscape design. She, her book, and her designs have been featured in The American Gardener: The Magazine of the American Horticultural Society.